Definition and Meanings for poor

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Poor is ranked 713 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of poor

adjective, comparative, superlative, noun

Etymology of poor

oe. poure or povre, of. povre, f. pauvre, l. pauper; the first syllable of which is probably akin to paucus few (see paucity, few), and the second to parare to prepare, procure. see few, and cf. parade, pauper, poverty

Meaning of poor


as adjective, comparative, superlative

  • destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent.
  • so completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public.
  • destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected;wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean; emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc.;wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as, poor health; poor spirits.;of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby; mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings.;destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; -- said of land; as, poor soil.;destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor discourse; a poor picture.;without prosperous conditions or good results; unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor business; the sick man had a poor night.;inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor excuse.
  • worthy of pity or sympathy; -- used also sometimes as a term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and sometimes as a word of contempt.
  • free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.

as noun

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